Today Manchester police sergeant Stephen Coco was fired from the force, where he was reported to have worked on undercover narcotics investigations. Though WMUR reports that it is not clear who was driving the vehicle that hospitalized two teens Friday evening in Bedford, it was confirmed that the car was issued to the MPD officer. Chief David Mara spoke to press to express his shock at the incident.
Bedford police determined that a Manchester police vehicle might have been involved in the hit-and-run, Manchester police said Monday. Manchester police launched an internal investigation and determined that the unmarked vehicle was assigned to Stephen Coco, a detective sergeant working in the Special Investigations Unit.
Manchester police said the internal investigation is ongoing, but based on its findings so far, police determined that Coco violated several departmental procedures. As a result of the findings, Coco was fired.
Manchester Chief David Mara said he and the other members of the department were saddened to learn of the hit-and run, and their thoughts are with the victims and their families. He said his department is fully cooperating with Bedford police in the ongoing investigation.
3/26/2013: Yesterday Stephen Coco surrendered himself to Bedford police for arrest on felony charges concerning conduct after an accident. He was arraigned this morning, and now photos have emerged of the defendant. The mug shot has yet to be released. See more updates from CopBlock.org, including information about a dog shooting that Coco executed while off-duty in a Bedford park in 2004.